U.S., Uruguay plan to expand trade talks
President Bush and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez met at the White House Thursday and said the two countries plan to continue trade talks that could lead to a free-trade agreement.
In addition to a recently signed bilateral investment treaty, the United States and Uruguay “also agreed to work to expand, intensify and strengthen our trade relations,” Vazquez said. Uruguayan “technical people” will meet within a few months in Montevideo to begin work “within the framework of our joint commission,” he added.
Vazquez, Uruguay’s moderate left-leaning leader, said in a transcript released by the White House that he planned to continue to work with the United States on trade and lead Uruguay “on the path of globalization” in an effort to improve the country’s standard of living.
A Miami Herald report said Bush noted that, in addition to “extending our commercial relations,” the leaders discussed progress in renewable energy sources.